Media release

International award presented at Cape Byron Lighthouse

A prestigious international award was presented today at Byron Bay’s iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse after the tower was named the 2021 Heritage Lighthouse of the Year by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA). 

The unique glass trophy, hand-crafted in the Republic of Korea, was presented by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), which operates the lighthouse, to the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), which manages the lightstation and museum. 

Expressions of Interest for Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal artists for aircraft artwork

The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) are welcoming artwork submissions from Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal artists to feature on a rescue aircraft.

The selected artwork will be reproduced on a Challenger 604 rescue aircraft, which is part of the AMSA search and rescue fleet. In addition to the highly visible orange and black “AMSA Rescue” branding, the selected artwork will become a prominent feature of the aircraft.

Passenger vessel owner convicted for breaching safety standards

The owner of a passenger vessel which had numerous safety issues, who ignored a prohibition notice and continued to operate, was convicted in Gosford Local Court on 14 December 2021. 

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions laid charges against the owner of the Lady Kendall II, on behalf of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), for breach of a prohibition notice under the Maritime Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012. 

Cape Wickham and Mersey Bluff Lighthouse Heritage Management Plans open for consultation

We are seeking feedback on draft heritage management plans for two iconic Lighthouses, located to Tasmania’s north.   

Cape Wickham and Mersey Bluff Lighthouses have draft heritage management plans open for members of the public to view and have their say. 

The plans set out the policies and management guidelines to ensure that the Commonwealth heritage values of the lighthouses are recognised, maintained, and preserved for future generations. 

Australia elected to Category B of the International Maritime Organization Council

Australia has today been successfully re-elected to category b of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council for the 2022-23 biennium.

The IMO is a specialised United Nations agency responsible for the safety, efficiency and security of international shipping and the prevention of pollution by ships. The IMO Council is responsible for supervising the work of the Organization. Category b represents countries with the largest interest in international seaborne trade and is made up of only 10 IMO Member States.

New Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System to improve aviation safety

The tragic disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in 2014 highlighted the need to improve the global air navigation system, especially over remote and ocean areas, including near Australia. 

As a result, the new Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS) has been developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), member States and the aviation industry. 

AMSA Response Centre recognised as Emergency Service Facility

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Response Centre has been officially recognised as a Commonwealth Emergency Service Facility under the Telecommunications (Intercept and Access) Act 1979.

The formal accreditation recognises the processes and systems AMSA has embedded into the Response Centre – which operates a national search and rescue service for the Australian maritime and aviation sectors – in accordance with legislative requirements. 

AMSA and DFAT provide maritime pollution aid to Sri Lanka

Australia has provided marine oil spill response support to Sri Lanka following the sinking of the Singapore-flagged MV X-Press Pearl container ship off the coast of Colombo last June.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority supplied more than three tonnes of spill response equipment to Sri Lanka, which was recently delivered through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).